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Rabbit, Run. New York: Crest. 75. New York: Vintage. 95. The Same Door. New York: Crest. 50. Verse. New York: Premier (Fawcett World). 75. ) Bibliography Taylor, C. Clarke. John Updike: A Bibliography. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1968. ) 44 Selected Bibliography Critical and Biographical Studies Bell, Vereen. "A Study in Frustration," Shenandoah, 14:69-72 (Summer 1963). Brenner, Gerry. "Rabbit, Run: John Updike's Criticism of the 'Return to Nature,'" Twentieth Century Literature, 12:3-14 (April 1966).

Ten years after its publication, one can hardly believe that the welfare state threatens to eliminate all social evils; rather the reverse. Thus, The Poorhouse Fair helps to explain why Updike is well advised to eschew ideology; while, at the same time, it provides valuable clues to themes in his latest, less emphatic work. Particularly those in his latest novel, Couples. " Providing this link is helpful. Otherwise, as one sees in the reviews, Couples can be judged unredeemed pornography. For the most part, the novel seems to disapprove of what it displays by realizing Updike's prediction in The Poorhouse Fair of an America in which "the population soared .

In this novel, the wisdom of the past has become incommunicable, and the link between generations has been permanently sundered. Like a decaying apple, The Poorhouse Fair exudes a tangy odor of waste. Though toughly knowing, its oldsters are both repelling and selfish, while its young people, for all their outer sufficiency and conscientiousness, are foolish and soft. In portraying this combination of crusty old age and sterile modernism, Updike creates several effective vignettes, but the book lacks a plot.

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